Singapore is a very developed country located in South East Asia. It has won many accolades and is currently referred to as a financial hub. Narratives on travel to Singapore cautioned that it was too expensive and thus one should plan a very short trip. I wish I hadn’t been scared off and had opted instead to plan a longer visit and spend some more. It is generally more expensive that other South East Asian countries, but not that much more expensive as it has options for all budgets. I therefore have decided I will have to return again so that I can slowly explore it more-I feel the warnings made rush through it.
Cheap Activities to keep you busy in Singapore
1)See and visit Garden by the Bay
This Garden is indeed a spectacle-especially at night. It is made up of several tall metal structures lined with an array of exotic plants, flowers and lights .
Make sure you visit these outer gardens which are free to visit. You can carry a packed meal and enjoy whilst surrounded by all these plants. One can also get a great view from a distance due to the great height of the garden structures.
At night, the lights come on and in my view, make the garden even more beautiful to behold. Take your time to walk around, enjoy the aura and stand in awe.
2)Attend a party by the beach:
Singapore hosts several parties especially at the beach-Silosa beach party being one of the biggest in Asia.
I happened to be here when this party was happening. However, as I arrived quite late at Siloso beach (not having known about the party ), I wasn’t prepared to pay the fee. Worry not, I got to enjoy the loud music and made friends outside the main arena-so I did the party albeit free. I attest that it was indeed a great party, it had thousands in attendance, the music was great and maybe next time I will get a chance to get in.
3. Visit Sentosa Island:
This is a beautiful island resort that has almost everything; beaches, Universal Studios, the largest Merlion statue in Singapore, outdoor activities, cable cars, Aquariums among others.
I accessed it via road and then walked on the Sentosa boardwalk. The boardwalk is beautiful as it is lined with beautiful lights and you can sit and watch the island from a far. There is an entrance fee to Sentosa which is less than $10 but well worth it. Inside you can opt to enjoy the free activities like swimming, enjoying the beach or walking across a suspended bridge at to a secluded island. You can also try some of the activities available which vary in cost .
This suspended/hanging bridge is located at Palawan and links beach goers to the Southermost Point of Continental Asia-Asia’s closest point to the Equator.
4) Marina Bay
The best way I can summarize it is-A small city fit into a mall. This place is a one stop everything luxury; theaters, brand shops, casino, hotels etc. You can take time to walk around it, enjoy the beauty that is its architecture and what it has to offer-you will not be charged. I was privileged to watch my first live ballet performance at Winterworld and got to enter a world class casino for the first time in my life-all for free.
To access the Casino you need your passport as proof that you are a foreigner and be prepared to hold your breath and say prayers for some of the strangers as these guys bet big bucks-big.
5) Singapore Flyer:
It is a giant Ferris wheel that stands 165m from the ground. I was informed that it gives one a breath taking view of singapore but I got to enjoy it from a distance having arrived after hours-maybe next time.
6) Explore China Town
This was one of my favourite things to do as it exposed me to more of the cultures in Singapore-Chinese being one. As you walk through the streets, you will feel like you are walking through China(OK, what I imagine). Red all over, most of the people were Chinese and the shopping options were unlimited and pocket friendly.
They even offer a free guided tour where you walk through the streets, as one explains to you Singapore and China towns history-make sure you sign up for this.
Take time to visit the food market place, I was shocked by what I saw on some of their menus.
7) Little India
This place felt so much like India-just like its name. The clothes, the music, the food, the people and the prices. Take time to also walk around, observe their lifestyle and interact.
8) Walk around the town
Singapore is a beautiful country albeit feels like a concrete city. I however liked how they have painted the buildings and put beautiful structures along the way.
9) Pick a map from tourist information
I picked mine up at the airport . These can be found at the airport and other points of entry. At the malls, visit the information desks as most offer vouchers to foreigners that got me free meals and discounts at various establishments.
I felt completely safe in Singapore,yes, even late at night as you may have noticed from most of my pictures. At all times, the hairs at the back of my neck were always on alert-as if someone was watching me. Sure enough they were-they have CCTV everywhere, including the beach-I saw them even on trees. And to be sure they were manned, I tested them and sure enough they moved. I had been told Singapore is safe, I felt safe in Singapore and disregarded most solo traveler safety tips (not something I advocate). However, when I was there, one town had a case of chaos which we heard about as we went to sleep. When we woke up, pictures and video clips of all those involved were shown on the news, the culprits were apprehended and presented in court, by end of day they had already been sentenced-talk about taking security matters seriously.